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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of April 12, 1985 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The space shuttle Discovery thunders into space. The crew includes Sen. Jake Garn (R-Utah) - the first elected official to travel into space... Later in the week, the crew tries to save an $80 million Hughes satellite. The crew whacked a lever on the side of the satellite, thought to be stuck. It turns out; the satellite was just not working. 

 Japan Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone says that his decision to raise the quota of Japanese auto exports into the U.S. was an “error of judgment” resulting from a misreading of potential American reaction. The Us. Congress, angered by Japan’s $36.8 billion trade surplus and what it perceived as Japanese cars flooding the U.S. market, recently passed a non-binding resolution to retaliate against Japan if it refused to open its markets to more American competition.


Technology news – April 12, 1985

AT&T gets permission to raise rates by up to 26.7% for long-distance interstate calls between parties less than 55 miles apart.

For a call of one to 10 miles, the day rate for the initial minute would increase to 38 cents from 30 cents. Each additional minute would increase to 19 cents from 15 cents.

For a call from 11 to 22 miles - the day rate for the initial minute climbs to 46 cents from 38 cents. Additional minutes would now be 25 cents each - up from 21 cents

For a call from 23 to 55 miles - the day rate for the initial minute would rise to 51 minutes from 45 cents. Initial minutes would be raised to 30 cents from 26 cents. 

Cable television magnate Ted Turner (the mouth of the South), saying he always wanted to own his own network, launches a hostile bid totaling nearly $3 billion to take over CBS. The deal to shareholders is a complicated package of stocks, bonds and other securities for a 67% stake in the network. Analysts say the offer comes to about $150 per stock. CBS vows vigorously to fight the takeover saying “The unusual number and complexity of Turner’s proposed securities make it difficult for CBS to comment at this time. Once we have evaluated the materials, CBS will inform its shareholders of the merits of Turner’s proposal.” None of Turner’s offer is in cash. CBS stock closed at $106.25 a share - down 3 1/2 points.  


Entertainment/Celebrity news – April 12, 1985

Actress Ann Jillian (35) recovers from double mastectomy surgery this week. She plans to return to work in the near future.

Passing - actor Scott Brady (60) - appeared in a number of movies and television shows. His more recent movies included “The China Syndrome” and “Gremlins.”

In a nationwide survey by the Roper Organization - Clint Eastwood is the No. 1 hero of America’s 18 to 24-year-olds. He was followed by Eddie Murphy, President Reagan, Jane Fonda, Sally Field, Steven Spielberg, Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa, Michael Jackson and Tina Turner. 


Best-selling books – April12, 1985

Inside, Outside - Herman Wouk

Proof - Dick Francis

The Hunt For Red October - Tom Clancy

Mindbend - Robin Cook

The Tenth Man - Graham Greene

Queenie - Michael Korda

Thinner - Richard Backman

The Lonely Silver Rain - John D. M


Family Album - Danielle Steel

Hotel Du Lac - Anita Brookner

Help The Poor Struggler - Martha Grimes

Breaking With Mosco - Arkady Shevchenko

Iacocca - Lee Iacocca

Smart Women, Foolish Choices - Connell Cowan/Melvyn Kinder

Nothing Down - Robert G. Allen

1985 Physician’s Desk Reference

Distant Neighbors: Portrait of the Mexicans - Alan Riding

What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School - Mark H. McCormack

Citizen Hughes - Michael Drosnin

Loving Each Other - Leo Buscaglia  


Television news – April 12, 1985

Barbara Bel Geddes - after leaving “Dallas” several years ago is returning. The question is - what’s going to happen to her replacement - Donna Reed?

Loretta Young - who had been set to return to series television after 24 years, drops out of the Aaron Spelling show “Dark Mansions.” Young (72) was set for a get-acquainted meeting with the other cast of the new Gothic serial that ABC plans to introduce next season. Her agent says she is dropping out because of “creative differences over the story.”

Howard Cosell hosts the last season installment of “Saturday Night Live.” There’s a very good change Billy Crystal and Martin Short will not return next season. His Fernando character is famous for the line “You look mahviluss.” Martin Short’s nerdy character “Ed Grimley” has been very popular.

Actor-director Warren Beatty wins a decision in arbitration that will require ABC-TV to run the entire 200-minute version of “Reds.” ABC wanted to cut 10-minutes out of the broadcast so that it would not spillover into the news. Beatty’s position was that, yes - you could cut or edit films for nudity etc - but you can’t cut movies like sausages to fit preconceived time slots.  


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – April 12, 1985

The Cosby Show - 27.5

Dynasty - 24.5

 The A-Team - 23.6

Family Ties - 23.5

Who’s The Boss - 22.5

Dallas - 22.1

Hail to the Chief - 22.0

Cheers - 20.6

Movie - Wallenberg - par 1- 20.2

Hotel - 20.0

Knots Landing - 19.9

Movie - Wallenberg - 19.7

60 Minutes - 19.5

Movie - Space - part 1 - 19.4

Newhart - 19.2

Kate & Allie - 19.1

Simon & Simon - 19.0

Night Court - 18.8

Falcon Crest - 18.5

Scarecrow & Mrs King - 17.7

MacGruder and Loud - 17.3

Cagney & Lacey - 16.9

Movie - Playing With Fire - 16.9

TV Bloopers & Practical Jokes - 16.9

Hill Street Blues - 16.7


Friday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – April 12, 1985

CBS  - Detective in House, Dallas, Falcon Crest

NBC - Knight Rider, Half-Nelson, Miami Vice

ABC - Webster, Mr. Belvedere, Benson, Off the Rack, Me and Mom

PBS - Washington Week in Review, Wall Street Week, Frontline, FDR: An American Hero

Disney Channel - Movie- “Tiger Town,”, Still The Beaver, Movie-Never Cry Wolf, DTV.

HBO - Best of Brain Games, Movie-Hard to Hold, Movie-Damien: Omen II, The Hitchhiker, Maximum Security


Knight Rider - Michael and KIT track a gang of diamond thieves into the wine country where surprisingly, the criminals are involved with a group of winemaking monks.

Dallas - J.R. and Bobby prepare to meet Cliff and Jamie in court: Pam stays in the fight against her ex-husband and his brother.

Benson - Benson decides to run for Lt Governor.

The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson - Joan Rivers guest hosts with Susan Sullivan, Rita Moreno, Dennis Blair and sex therapist Dr Ruth Westheimer. 


Music news – April 12,1985

One of the bigger hits so far this year - “Like a Virgin” by Madonna - written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. Lyricist Steinberg says the song “came from personal experience. I wasn’t just trying to somehow get that racy worked virgin in a lyric. I was saying, from personal experience, that I may not really be a virgin. I’ve been battered romantically and emotionally like many people, but I’m starting a new relationship and it just feels so good, it’s healing all the wounds and making me feel like I’ve never done this before, because it’s so much deeper and more profound than anything I’ve ever felt.”


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – April 12, 1985

We Are The World - USA For Africa

Nightshift - Commodores

One More Night - Phil Collins

 Crazy For You - Madonna

I’m On Fire - Bruce Springsteen

Missing You - Diana Ross

Rhythm of the Night - DeBarge

All She Wants To Do Is Dance - Don Henley

Some Like It Hot - Power Station

Obsession  - Animotion

One Night In Bangkok - Murray Head

Missing You - Diana Ross

Everything She Wants - Wham!


Top Music Albums – April 12, 1985

No Jacket Required - Phil Collins

Beverly Hills Cop - soundtrack

Like a Virgin - Madonna

Make It Big - Wham!

Born In The USA - Bruce Springsteen

Wheels Are Turning - REO Speedwagon

Diamond Life - Sade

We Are The World - USA for Africa

Centerfield - John Fogerty

Private Dancer - Tina Turner

Chicago 17

Vox Humana - Kenny Loggins

The Allnighter - Glenn Frey

Star Search Winners - includes Sawyer Brown

Behind The Sun - Eric Clapton

Solid - Ashford & Simpson


Top movies – April 12, 1985

Cat’s Eye - Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King, Kenneth McMillan, Robert Hays, Candy Clark

Witness - Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Alexander Godunov

The Breakfast Club

Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Sarah Jessica Parker, Lee Montgomery Morgan Woodward, Jonathan Silverman, Helen Hunt

Beverly Hills Cop - Eddie Murphy

The Warrior and The Sorceress - David Carradine, Luke Askew, Maria Socas, Anthony Delongis, Harry Townes

Care Bears

King David - Richard Gere, Edward Woodward, Alice Krige

Police Academy 2 (Their first assignment) - Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, David Graf, Michael Winslow, Bruce Mahler, Colleen Camp, Art Metrano, Marion Ramsey, Howard Hesseman, George Gaynes

Lost in America - Albert Brooks, Julie Hagerty

Amadeus - F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Simon Callow, Roy Dotrice, Christine Ebersole, Jeffrey Jones, Charles Kay

 LadyHawke - Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Leo McKern, John Wood, Ken Hutchison

The Killing Fields

Alamo Bay - Ed Harris, Amy Madigan

The Sure Thing - John Cusack, Daphne Suniga, Viveca Lindfors

Berry Gordy’s  “The Last Dragon” - Taimak, Julious J. Carry III, Christopher Murney, Leo O’Brien, Faith Prince, Vanity

Desperately Seeking Susan - Rosanna Arquette, Aidan Quinn, Madonna

Mask - Cher, Sam Elliott, Eric Stoltz

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